MATT BURNS is an independent writer/filmmaker from the Boston area whose work has been critically acclaimed by Ray Carney (Cassavetes on Cassavetes), a man who is known to be one of the world's experts on American Independent Film.
Burns is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Boston University College of Communication film program where he shot several films on 16mm film. Since graduating from BU in 2004, Burns has completed about a dozen more short films, all of which have received much praise for their unique style and sense of humor, as well as their profundity.
You can view "The Second Beast", "We're Good", "So Sorry" and more of Burns' films by clicking the "Films and Videos" tab on the right menu. His 30-minute paranormal documentary "A Parallel World" is available for viewing there as well.
In addition to his filmmaking, Burns is also a prolific videographer and editor. He has shot and edited dozens of wedding videos to date and has produced corporate videos for companies like PetEdge, Mass General Hospital and McGaunn & Schwadron CPA's, LLC. He has also independently produced music videos, live concert videos, short documentaries and even fun "Mystery-Science-Theater-3000"-type-videos. See some of these videos by clicking on the "Films and Videos" tab on the right menu.
Burns has written more than two dozen screenplays since the end of his time at BU, 15 of which are feature-length. His scripts have placed as finalists in major International screenwriting contests, including "Scriptapalooza", Stage 32's "Hunt for New Blood" and the Los Angeles "Screenwriting Expo" contests.
His scripts have also piqued the interest of major Hollywood production companies like Bold Films, New Regency, Disney, Film Colony and Oscar-winning producer Larry Meistrich's (Sling Blade/You Can Count on Me) NEHST Studios. Despite all the interest, Burns' unique material has still had trouble being accepted in Hollywood.
Aside from his screenwriting, Burns has written six novels, multiple memoirs, dozens of essays and hundreds of poems. His poetry has been published in Los Angeles-based "Poetic Diversity" literary magazine. Also, the first 30 pages of each novel he's written are currently available to read online (click the 'Novels' tab on the right menu).
** Burns is currently trying to get a couple of his projects to actor/producer Johnny Depp. Although he has experienced great difficulty in contacting Mr. Depp, he is adamant about getting through to him. If you are Johnny Depp or know Johnny Depp or are a distant fifth cousin of Johnny Depp, Burns would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks!
10/27/17 -- Burns publishes his newest book GARAGE MOVIE, a fun memoir about his adventures making weird films. Learn more about it HERE.
4/14/17 -- Burns publishes his new novella THE WOMAN AND THE DRAGON, a mysterious work of religious fiction loosely based on chapter 12 in the Bible's Book of Revelation.
Find it HERE.
2/6/17 -- Burns publishes his new book THE BURNZO PAPERS, a compilation of his essays and current-events-related articles from over the past 10 years. Purchase it HERE for only 99 cents.
12/7/16 -- Burns publishes his Hollywood novel JOHNNY CRUISE on Amazon. This is a dark comedy about the dark side of Hollywood and our religion of celebrity. Find it on Amazon HERE.
11/3/16 -- Burns publishes his new Kindle single BOSTONWOOD, a funny memoir about all his Tinseltown-like adventures in the comfort of his Beantown. Get it on Amazon for only 99 cents HERE.
9/28/16 -- Burns has published three new Kindle single books on Amazon: a Guns N' Roses fan memoir called JUNGLE F'NG FEVER, a Beastie Boys fan memoir/tribute called BEASTIE FEVER and a memoir of his time in Hollywood called THREE DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD. Check out his AMAZON AUTHOR'S PAGE to preview and/or purchase the books. Thank you.
7/1/16 -- Burns has completed an initial draft of his sixth novel entitled "The Woman and the Dragon", which is loosely based on Chapter 12 in the Book of Revelation. Read an excerpt HERE.
12/28/15 -- Burns finishes a new memoir "The Natty Ice Diaries". Stay tuned for excerpts and updates on its publication.
12/5/15 -- Burns completes two non-fiction books. "The Burnzo Papers" is a compilation of current-events-related articles Burns has written over the past 10 years. His second book "True Paranormal Stories" is a compilation of - yes, you guessed it - true paranormal stories that Burns has written over the past seven years or so. Stay tuned for updates on the books' publications.
4/29/15 -- Burns is a guest critiquer on the latest webisode of "Writer's Infusion". Watch the episode HERE.
3/3/15 -- Burns is featured on the webisode series "Writer's Infusion". He reads an excerpt from his Hollywood novel BLOWTORTURE and is critiqued by a panel of judges, American-Idol-style. Watch the webisode HERE.
12/31/14 -- Burns has started a new blog "The Burnzo Papers" where he provides a unique perspective on the world's current events. Check it out HERE.
12/25/14 -- Burns' short story "The Toilet-Paper People" has won first place in "The Healing Moon" holiday writing contest. You can read the story HERE.
10/2/14 -- Burns' horror screenplay BLOWTORTURE makes it as a quarterfinalist in Stage 32's "Hunt for New Blood" screenwriting contest. Read about this HERE.
4/18/14 -- Burns has some writing published in the prestigious "Poetic Diversity" literary 'zine' of Los Angeles. Click HERE to read.
12/23/13 -- Burns finishes a first draft of the novel version of BLOWTORTURE. This is his fifth novel. Read the first 30 pages by clicking on the 'novels' tab to the right side of the page.
12/3/13 -- Burns' screenplay BLOWTORTURE is a quarterfinalist in The Happy Writers screenplay contest, out of 953 entries.
6/21/13 -- Burns finishes his newest novel SUPERMARKET ZOMBIES. Read the first 30 pages by clicking on the 'novels' tab on the right menu.
3/3/13 -- Burns pitches a project to an agent at United Talent Agency. The pitch is successful, resulting in a script request.
2/2/13 -- Burns pitches a project to Disney. The pitch is successful, resulting in a script request and a second meeting with the executive.
11/29/12 -- Burns appears as a featured guest on Paramania Radio's "Paranormally Correct" with hosts Chad Mckenzie and Sara Spencer. Listen to some of the show HERE.
10/14/12 -- Burns pitches his screenplay REEL MONSTER to New Regency (MR. AND MRS. SMITH, FALLING DOWN). They like the pitch and want to read the script.
9/9/12 -- Burns pitches his screenplay JOHNNY CRUISE to Bold Films (DRIVE, LEGION). They like the pitch and want to read the script.
5/16/12 -- Burns completes his newest short film WE'RE GOOD, a dark comedy. A man spends the days following a one-night stand in a kind of psychological hell, fearing that the sex may not have been the safest it could have. Watch it at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NswU-nBZ8ZE
4/22/12 -- Burns completes his newest novel entitled REEL MONSTER. Read the first 50 pages at the following link: REEL MONSTER (the novel)
10/4/10 -- Burns is regressed to his most recent past life by regression therapist Donna Ciaciarella. Through the regression, he is forced to come to terms with a traumatic role he played during the Holocaust. Read the entire story HERE.
8/6/10 -- Burns finishes a first draft of his new novella O TERRIBLE!
8/4/10 -- After consulting with a medium, Burns discovers that great American novelist Henry James is "with him" as a spirit guide. Read all about this discovery HERE.
6/3/10 -- World-renown film/art critic Ray Carney (cassavetes.com) gives Burns a stellar review for his performance in "King of Hearts": Ray Carney Review
6/3/10 -- After consulting with a medium, Burns discovers that the spirits of Hunter S. Thompson and Nathanael West are "with him" as spirit guides. Click HERE to read about the amazing discovery.
5/17/10 -- Another positive review for "King of Hearts": Theatre Mirror